Some people have all the luck and manage to walk out of college with a diploma in one hand and a stack of job offers in the other. If you're a graduate still looking for work in the Boston area then don't give up hope. The metropolitan area of Boston is the 10th most populated region in the US, ranking 46 out of 372 major cities in job growth and employment opportunities. It was a land of opportunity when we came to these lands centuries ago, and it's still a land of opportunity today.
In fact, there are a number of key industries showing impressive growth. In its early history the region was a major hub for manufacturing - especially textiles. In the last decade Boston has seen a tremendous shift toward technology and service jobs. Major industries also include education, finance and healthcare.
• Nearly 1 in 5 jobs in Boston are in the health care industry • Boston has nearly 3.5 times more jobs in education than the rest of the nation • The average salary in Boston for jobs in finance and insurance is over $170K • Boston is projected to add nearly 50,000 new jobs by 2015
Here are tips to help you get a slice of that pie
Dress the Part - It might be tempting to go dressed to the nines when meeting a hiring manager to hand them a resume in person or for an interview, but wearing the wrong thing can deliver a decidedly negative message. Boston is rich in culture, and the businesses that operate in the region are no exception. Overdressing, or dressing for the 'wrong crowd or audience', says that you don't know the company or understand their culture. Do some homework so you better understand the industry and the nature of the business.
Know Your Resume - Unless you enjoy squirming under pressure when you're put on the spot, have your resume memorized. Hiring managers often bring a copy and reference specifics in order to ask questions. When you're on point and can answer quickly, you look more prepared than other candidates trying to get land some of the most competitive job opportunities in Boston.
Your Handshake Says A Lot About You - Whether you're meeting with a manager to inquire about openings, internships, to drop off a resume, or for the interview itself, you should be consciously aware of the handshake. It's a crucial part of making a good first impression, and provides important non-verbal cues to an employer about your work style. A firm handshake and eye contact displays strength, confidence and a comfortable self-image. The right handshake proves that you're "Boston Strong".
Be Ready for the Killer Question - If you're looking for a job in a specific industry in Boston then there's one question you must nail: 'why are you the best person for the job?" Know what you're bringing to the table, and know how to give the 30 second elevator speech that explicitly states why you're the best choice.
Boston is a competitive job market. The urban-heavy region is filled with candidates and strong as you - or stronger. FirstJob works with college students and recent college grads to help them take on the challenge and land that perfect job out of college. Read more tips for career success at the FirstJob blog.